Syobon Action

Version available on the Internet as of March 2008.

Application Details:

Version: website
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.13

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Test Results

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What works

The game runs perfectly, including sound and animations. It is highly recommendable to activate the Japanese locale and install the default Japanese fonts provided by your distro.

Played the game until the end, once lost 108 lives.

What does not


What was not tested

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Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

The game was made to run on Japanese versions of Windows. It could run on other localized versions of Windows, but the text will be missing or garbled. It is still rare to crash without a proper Japanese font of locale set. Playing with a proper Japanese locale the game run without any issues at all.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 20 20227.13N/A Yes NoPlatinumNosferatu Arucard 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 15 20151.7.49N/A Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 14 20141.4.1Yes Yes GoldPietro Arado 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 29 20101.2-rc5N/A Yes GoldRobert Showalter 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 20 20101.2-rc4N/A Yes BronzeLain_13 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

How to make Syobon Action game playable

­­­­­­The game MUST be run with the current working directory in the game directory. It uses relative paths to its data files, so if you run outside of the game directory it will fail to load graphics/sounds resulting in poor display / no sound.

­­The game requires MSVCP80.dll/MSVCR80.dll so you must install "vcrun2005" via winetricks. This will get the game to run, but it will have no sound. The reason is that Wine does not ship with an MP3 ACM module. Syobon quietly writes errors to a "Log.txt" file; messages regarding failure to load MP3 due to being unable to convert them to PCM (in Japanese) is because of the lack of (or improperly installed) MP3 ACM.


  1. Install 'vcrun2005' from winetricks (­
  2. Install NetShow Tools ( and add ACM line to­ system.ini (read below)
  3. Run game from directory with data files

After installation of NT 4.0 NetShow Tools package manually add the following line to your ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system.ini "[drivers32]" section:


This should get sound to work. After that the game works flawlessly from start to end.

 ~ Thanks to Robert Showalter for this description.


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